Apple iWatch Development Issues Delay Release
Apple’s first foray into the smartwatch competition – in the form of the iWatch – has been delayed due to a number of development issues, according to tech rumors. Screen technology, battery life and manufacturing have all been listed as reasons for the postponed release of the product.
Screen Technology Problems
Apple initially planned to use organic light-emitting diode panels (OLED) from LG Display for its smartwatch’s display, according to CNET. Although, it was also rumored that the Taiwan-based RiTDisplay was a frontrunner to sign a deal with Apple. Battery issues are reportedly to blame for causing the tech company’s progress to stall.
Battery Life Issues
The wearable technology of a smartwatch needs greater battery life than other smart devices, such as phones and tablets. Currently, the battery life on iWatch prototypes is in the three-day range. Apple, however, wants the watch to be able to last four to five days without a recharge – at the very least, according to The Information. The company is likely looking to replace the 100mAh battery they’re currently thought to be using.
Who Is Manufacturing The iWatch
The body of the iWatch has run into setbacks as well, with Apple halting “advanced prototyping” with an unknown manufacturer towards the end of 2013. Quanta was believed to be the manufacturer hired by Apple. Along with the manufacturing change, the iWatch’s development hit a hitch when developer Bryan James resigned from the company to work for Nest Labs.
Despite delays, those in the know suggest that Apple’s iWatch will still get a 2014 release.
– Chelsea Regan